The Government of Canada has launched a new funding competition, through the Strategic Innovation Fund, for national scale initiatives in automation and digital technology applications in the agriculture and agri-food sector. Funding of between $10 million and $50 million will be provided to a successful applicant in the competition.
Motion Industries, Inc., of Birmingham, AL, has announced the promotion of Randall (Randy) Breaux to president. Motion Industries has over 550 locations, including 14 distribution centres throughout North America and serves more than 300,000 customers from the food and beverage, pulp and paper, iron and steel, chemical, mining and aggregate, petrochemical, automotive, wood and lumber, and pharmaceutical industries.
Vaisala has acquired K-Patents Group of Vantaa, Finland, a pioneer in in-line liquid measurements for industrial applications. The acquisition broadens Vaisala’s product offering to liquid measurements and strengthens its position as the global leader in the industrial measurement market.
Recognizing that North America is at the forefront of the global life sciences market, Festo has made Boston the site for its first development centre for innovations for that sector. The newly opened Boston Technical Engineering Centre (TEC) will develop advanced products by partnering with renowned medical and laboratory equipment manufacturers, many of which are located in and around that city.
Calgary-based Pulse Oil Corp. has announced that Pulse and its contracted technical consultants have completed Phase Two of the Bigoray Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) Modelling Project. Phase 2 incorporated the geological and petrophysical analysis completed in Phase 1 into a pool architecture and structural model.
Maple Leaf Foods has announced plans to invest $660 million to build a new, 640,000 sq. ft., value-added fresh poultry facility in London, ON. This new facility will be one of the most technologically advanced poultry-processing plants in the world and will initially employ 1,450 full and part time employees to meet the growing demand for premium poultry products.
WorleyParsons has been awarded a fabrication and construction contract for the Pipestone Montey sour gas plant by Tidewater Midstream and Infrastructure Ltd. of Calgary. Under the contract, North Sydney, Australia-based WorleyParsonsCord will provide fabrication and construction services for the Pipestone Sour Gas Plant near Grande Prairie, AB.
Tim Gland has been promoted to the newly created position of vice president & general manager of Erie, PA-based Eriez USA, according to an announcement from Eriez president and CEO Tim Shuttleworth. Gland has been with Eriez since 2014, serving most recently as Director of Erie Operations.